Down-sizing for Pensioners
Listening to Vanessa Feltz on BBC Radio London about this bizarre idea to encourage the 'elderly' to move out of their family homes – and let them to families with young children.
It's all based on a pilot scheme in Redbridge called Free Space – and it seems to be working there but at first glance it seems a dotty idea!
They say there are lots of 'elderly' who feel trapped in their homes! But who can they possibly be? It sounds v. patronising to us to suggest that there are people out there who daren't move house even though they'd like to.
We think, in contrast, most 'elderly' who own their own homes are perfectly competent and capable of deciding when or whether to downsize.
Apparently there are 25 million empty bedrooms in this country – but we feel pretty sure that most of them belong to people who use them regularly. Most of us downsize when we need to, and if we do still have spare bedrooms, they are usually regularly filled by adult kids who can't afford to move out, or grandchildren that we're looking after while their parents can work.
So it sounds like a patronising scheme to us – one which makes it seem that just because we're 'elderly' we don't know how to manage our own affairs.